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IS THERE A CURE FOR ME AT KNOCK, IRELAND?

IS THERE A CURE FOR ME AT KNOCK, IRELAND?

MEDICAL AND OTHER CURES AT KNOCK 

Cures began taking place at Knock soon after the apparition, and Archdeacon Cavanagh kept a record of them. Here is his first account of the first recorded cure:

DELIA GORDON OF CLAREMORRIS

“On the 31st August 1879 (ten days after the apparition), a girl aged twelve years was cured while attending Mass at Knock. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Gordon of Claremorris, attested that Delia had suffered intensely all her life from deafness and violent pains in her left ear. Several times a week they had to get up in the night to try to relieve the awful pain by various remedies. They took her on a pilgrimage to Knock. While attending Mass there, the pain attacked Delia so badly that she began to cry, and Mrs. Gordon had to bring her outside where they knelt in prayer before the place where the apparition was seen. Mrs. Gordon picked out a piece of cement from the gable, made the Sign of the Cross over it and placed it in the afflicted ear. Almost immediately the pain completely disappeared never to return and no trace of deafness remained. Her general health improved rapidly and in a very short time she became the picture of health and strength.”

THOUSANDS OF CURES

There were thousands of such cures, but they were not scientifically investigated until 1936. In that year the Medical Bureau was established. This Bureau is modelled after the one at Lourdes. Now the world is offered scientific proof of the cures that take place at Knock. Doctors who have no religion at all have admitted that the Bureau is run in an impartial manner and that every case is investigated carefully.

– From: “The Woman Shall Conquer” by Don Sharkey, Prow Books/Franciscan Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL, 1954

 

 
 

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LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE

LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE

THE FOLLOWING INVOCATIONS ARE THOSE USUALLY SAID AT LOURDES DURING THE BLESSING OF THE SICK:

We adore thee, O Lord. We hope in thee, O Lord. We love thee, O Lord.

Health of the Sick, pray for us. Mother of our Saviour, pray for us. Mother most pure, pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Let us adore for ever the Most Holy Sacrament.

Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.

Thou art my Lord and my God.

Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David.

Mother of Jesus, pray for us. Mother of the Author of grace, pray for us. Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

“Show thyself a mother:

May the Word Divine,

Born for us thine Infant,

Hear our prayers through thine.”

Lord, we believe, do thou increase our faith.

Thou art the Resurrection and the Life.

Jesus, save us, we perish.

Jesus, Son of Mary, have pity on us.

Virgin most powerful with God, pray for us. Virgin most merciful, pray for us. Gate of Heaven, pray for us.

O God, come to our assistance, make haste to help us.

Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me whole.

Jesus, Who hast so loved us, have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.

Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.

“Show thyself a Mother” etc. (thrice) 

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Father of the poor, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Comforter of the afflicted, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Refuge of sinners, pray for us. Help of Christians, pray for us.

“Spare, O Lord, spare thy people;

Be not angry with us for ever.”

Lord, he whom thou lovest is sick. Lord, let me but see.

Lord, let me hear. Lord, let me rise and walk.

Lord, say but the word, and I shall be healed.

Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception.

“Let us adore,” etc. (thrice) 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in Devotions

 

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PRAYER FOR THE RELIEF OF ILLNESS

Dear Saint Rita, model wife and widow, you yourself suffered a long illness showing patience out of love for God. Teach us to pray as you did. Many invoke you for help, full of confidence in your intercession.

Deign to come now to our aid for the relief and cure of our illness. To God all things are possible; may this healing give glory to the Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, through the prayers of St Rita, may we learn to bear our crosses in life in the same spirit in which she bore hers. Amen.

 

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“BACKWARD” RELIGION? IT WAS A CATHOLIC PRIEST, FR LEMAITRE, WHO FIRST PROPOSED THE “BIG BANG THEORY” IN 1927, BUT SCIENTISTS LIKE EINSTEIN AND EDDINGTON REFUSED TO BELIEVE HIM

“RELIGION, SCIENCE AND THE [POPULAR] MISCONCEPTIONS

‘For the scientist… the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been there for centuries.’ Robert Jarrow (Astrophysicist)

‘NEVER ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BECOME NARROW’

During his state visit to Britain in September 2010 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke to a group of religious leaders of different faiths, not only about the need for science but also about the limitations within the scientific world. He said, ‘They cannot satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart, they cannot fully explain to us our origin and our destiny, why and for what purpose we exist, nor indeed can they provide us with an exhaustive answer to the question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI also warned against rejecting religion in favour of purely scientific outlook by further saying, ‘Never allow yourselves to become narrow. The world needs good scientists, but a scientific outlook becomes dangerous and narrow if it ignores the riches or ethical dimensions of life just as religion becomes narrow if it rejects the legitimate contribution of science to our understanding of the world.’

FR LEMAITRE’S THEORY

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI may well have been referring to Stephen Hawking, who writes in his latest book that no divine force is needed to explain why the universe was formed and who also argued in his book The Grand Design that physics, and not a creator, was responsible for the Big Bang.

It was indeed in 1927 that a Belgian Catholic priest Fr George Lemaitre, a Jesuit and a student of astronomy and mathematics both in Cambridge (England) and Harvard, who proposed his theory of an expanding Universe to explain the movement of the galaxies.

FR LEMAITRE ARRANGED A MEETING WITH ALBERT EINSTEIN

His studies at this point were inconclusive and he arranged a meeting with Einstein who, although interested, generally dismissed his theory; he was also suspicious of the religious implications of Fr Lemaitre’s ideas.

AFTER EINSTEIN HAD DISMISSED HIS NEW THEORY, FR LEMAITRE STILL WENT AHEAD TO PRESENT HIS FINDINGS TO THE BRITISH SCIENCE ASSOCIATION

However, in 1931 Lemaitre was invited to London by the British Science Association to discuss cosmology and spirituality. There he described his new solution… the Universe had begun from a tiny and incredibly dense singularity containing all its existing matter.

‘THE PRIMEVAL ATOM’

This he called ‘the primeval atom’ or a ‘Cosmic Egg exploding at the moment of the creation’. It wouldn’t be known as the Big Bang theory until the British physicist, Fred Hoyle, did a radio series in 1949 in which he attempted to debunk it. He failed to change many people’s minds by then, but he did give it a better name. Neither Eddington nor Einstein were persuaded by this idea – as Stephen Hawking, perhaps the world’s most famous living astrophysicist, has said, ‘few people [meaning scientists] took the idea of the beginning of the Universe seriously’.

FR LEMAITRE DIDN’T GIVE UP PROMOTING THE BIG BANG THEORY

But Fr Lemaitre was a passionate and persuasive man, and he was gaining a wider audience as he began to travel the US. He decided to surprise Hubble and Einstein by turning up to meet them both unexpectedly in 1931 and push his idea again. This time he won them over, demonstrating how their work led to his conclusion.

THE BASIS OF MODERN COSMOLOGY WAS ESTABLISHED BY FR LEMAITRE FINALLY CONVINCING EINSTEIN AND HUBBLE OF HIS THEORY

It was a dramatic event – Hawking has said that, ‘The basis of modern cosmology was established at this meeting. Looking back I can recognise this as the foundations for my own work.’

‘THE BIGGEST BLUNDER OF MY LIFE’

Einstein regarded his initial rejection of an expanding Universe as the ‘biggest blunder of my life’. The existence of God, of course, is not settled by the truth of the Big Bang theory, nor should religion rest its case on any scientific theory.

THE UNIVERSE HAD A DISTINCT BEGINNING

But what can be said is that the Big Bang fits surprisingly well with the religious idea that the Universe had a distinct beginning, willed by the Creator. Unsurprisingly, the arguments put forward by the new atheists are never truly investigated [for instance Darwin’s ‘evolution theory’ lacks any credible scientific basis whatsoever]; rather than studying the precepts of Christianity they tend to be hostile to religion in all forms, viewing it as merely a kind of superstition; they are likewise hostile to traditional claims about the nature and source of morality.

TODAY’S PICTURE – BIOETHICS

EMBRYO RESEARCHER: FACED WITH THE CHOICE BETWEEN GOD AND SCIENCE, I DITCHED GOD

In 2004 Dr John Haas, the president of the National Catholic Bioethics Centre in America met with a scientist who had cloned a human embryo. In the course of that meeting, the scientist said he had been raised an evangelical Protestant, but that at a certain point, he had to make a choice between religion and science. Dr Haas’ response was, ‘But you didn’t have to choose,’ and, like the good evangelist that he is, he began to explain. A meeting that was supposed to last for 30 minutes went on for hours.

‘NATURAL SCIENCE ON ITS OWN SIMPLY CANNOT GENERATE THE WISDOM IT NEEDS IN ORDER TO PROGRESS WITHOUT DOING HARM’

Dr Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard University Law Professor who has served on the Pontifical Council for the Laity spoke of urgent need to renew the intellectual apostolate. Dr Glendon said ‘the importance of that task has been brought home to me very concretely in the course of serving over the past year on the National Bioethics Council. Over the past several months in discussions of cloning, stem-cell research and genetic engineering, I’ve seen not only how necessary it is for theologians and philosophers to keep up with advances in natural science, but also how much the natural sciences need the human sciences – for natural science on its own simply cannot generate the wisdom it needs in order to progress without doing harm’.

THE HEDONISM OF THOSE ATTEMPTING TO PLAY GOD, OR: THE ‘MOVE OVER GOD YOU ARE IN MY SEAT’ ATTITUDE

The truth regarding embryonic stem cell scientific technology seemingly has been lost on those who swear by its profound benefits with regards to its ‘curative potential’ for certain conditions; to date most of the general public will be aware, if not entirely au fait with the fact that this scientific breakthrough has broken down due to a complete lack of positive results; in short, this technology has wasted more government funds than ever due to the hedonism of those who attempt to ‘play God’ and those who believe them capable; for as long as we allow scientists and politicians to adopt the ‘move over God you are in my seat’ attitude we are spiralling deeper into the moral chaos so pervasive today.

EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH IS BASED PURELY ON FISCAL GAIN

Any orthodox bioethicist will tell us that stem cells taken from embryos are immature and only capable of producing tumours rather than cures.

PRODUCING TUMOURS RATHER THAN CURES

On the contrary, adult stem cells which are mature and present in all humans from the fully developed foetal stage, the umbilical cord and the placenta, have proven successful in various conditions, particularly in cardiac and ophthalmic medicine. Using adult stem cells from a patient whose trachea was removed due to disease, a medical scientist was able to reproduce a trachea, which was then successfully transplanted into the patient.

The difference between the research into embryonic and adult stem cell research is based purely on fiscal gain and not on ethical scientific procedures or results. Whilst millions of pounds of government funds have been and still are used for embryonic stem cell research, adult stem cell research costs a great deal less because the cells are self-donated by the patient.

God has provided all the answers; the world has provided all the errors! Religion provides the means to seek the truth whilst science provides the means to put it into practice using ethical means.

‘Religion and science are not in opposition but both on a path of truth.'(Pope Benedict).”
– This article was published in “The Crusader” (The Magazine of the Crusade of Mary Immaculate) issue March 2014 [Capital sub-headings added afterwards]. For subscriptions or for membership please visit http://www.thefriary.businesscatalyst.com (external link).

 

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“HE TOOK AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD… HE DRIED UP THE UNCLEAN FOUNTAIN OF THE EVIL THOUGHTS OF THE SOUL”

“FILTHY RAGS”

If anyone stands solely on his own righteousness and redemption, he labours in vain and to no purpose. For every fancy of one’s own justification will appear on the last day as a filthy rag, as the Prophet Isaiah says: “All our justification has been a filthy rag” (Is 64:5). Let us, then, beg and implore God to clothe us with “the garment of salvation” (Is 61:10), namely, our Lord Jesus Christ, the ineffable Light, which those who have born it will never put off for all eternity…

UNCLEAN AND EVIL THOUGHTS

And again, just as the woman afflicted with an issue of blood believed truly and touched the hem of the garment of the Lord and immediately received a healing and the flow of the unclean blood dried up, so everyone afflicted by the incurable wound of sin, the fountain of unclean and evil thoughts, if he only approaches Christ and begs prayerfully and truly believes in him, receives a salvic healing from the incurable fountain of passions. That fountain, which has been sending up unclean thoughts, now fail and dries up through the power of Jesus alone. For nothing else can cure this wound. For the enemy, when Adam fell, used such cunning and diligence that he wounded and darkened the interior man, the mind that directs man, since it looks upon the face of God. Thereafter, man’s eyes looked with favour on vices and passions, but away from the good things of heaven.

NO MONEY, NOR ANYTHING OR ANYBODY CAN CURE US IN OUR FALLEN CONDITION, EXCEPT JESUS AND JESUS ONLY

Man was, therefore, so wounded that no one else could cure him except only the Lord. To him alone it is possible. He came and “took away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29), that is, he dried up the unclean fountain of the evil thoughts of the soul. That woman with the blood hemorrhage spent all her money on those who were supposed to be able to cure her, but she was not healed by any of them until she approached the Lord with genuine faith and touched the hem of his garment. And at once she experienced a healing and the issue of blood was stopped. So also no one, whether he was of the just ones or of the fathers or of the prophets or of the patriarchs, could cure mankind wounded from the beginning with an incurable wound of evil passions.
– Pseudo-Macarius (capital titles added)

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 5:1-3; 5-16)

THE MAN WAS CURED AT ONCE.

Some time after this there was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now at the Sheep Pool in Jerusalem there is a building, called Bethzatha in Hebrew, consisting of five porticos; and under these were crowds of sick people – blind, lame, paralysed. One man there had an illness which had lasted thirty-eight years, and when Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been in this condition for a long time, he said, “Do you want to be well again?” “Sir,” replied the sick man, “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I am still on the way, someone else gets there before me.”

Jesus said, “Get up, pick up your sleeping-mat and walk.” The man was cured at once, and he picked up his mat and walked away. Now that day happened to be the sabbath, so the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; you are not allowed to carry your sleeping-mat.” He replied, “But the man who cured me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'” They asked, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” The man had no idea who it was, since Jesus had disappeared into the crowd that filled the place. After a while Jesus met him in the Temple and said, “Now you are well again, be sure not to sin any more, or something worse may happen to you.” The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had cured him. It was because he did things like this on the sabbath that the Jews began to persecute Jesus.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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